Sadly, the 1.6G download suffers from incorrect aspect ratio (compressed vertically). If you want to see a squat Bela, or a pudgey Madge, then this is the copy for you.
It seems to be happening all too often that 4:3 movies are tinkered with to fill or partially fill a wide screen. It is beyond annoying.
December 29, 2011 Subject:
Classic Bela, Classic Times
They just don't make 'em like they yousta. This dusty old gem from Universal stands the test of time & still delivers.
Reviewer:Dr Feel Rotten
January 20, 2011 Subject:
Joseph Cawthorn payed it better
Lugosi gets all the credit, but mostly he just stared back with his creepy face. He didn't convince me of anything authentic, but Dr Bruner, Joseph Cawthorn played it much better and more convincing than any other actor in the movie. I've seen several Lugosi movies and he just doesn't convince me of anything other than that of a washed up silent film actor.. To top it off now movie makers have to try to make zombies more and more creepy dripping blood and all that nonsense.. This one acknowledges they're merely drugged.That much i can believe because I have seen people drugged and have been drugged myself. I have NEVER seen anyone walk around white faced with their arms out straight, dripping blood from their mouths walking like a movie zombie..I just don't buy modern scare movies..they're such hogwash.
August 16, 2010 Subject:
Since I know IA and watch the films posted here I have become a real fan of Bela Lugosi. This film is another example of his impressing performance as an actor. He always rules the scene he is in.
The film as a whole is well worth watching. Great atmospheric pictures, adequate actors.
August 17, 2009 Subject:
Today is the day Bela Lugosi Died
As I write this on August 16 I remember Bela. This is one of my fav films he was in. Enjoy.
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October 4, 2008 Subject:
A True Classic!
A must-have movie... I'd pay money for this one but it is free! I can't believe it. Beautifully filmed, with excellent acting, atmospheric and compelling. Still gripping today! The screen shots are unforgettable. Any horror buff will love this one! Bela Lugosi, of course, is wonderful. It is a movie one can happily watch over and over, because the artistry is so beautiful.
September 24, 2007 Subject:
This film was made in 1932 and it was the first time they used the word zombie for the undead,another famous movie was the 1943 release I walked with a zombie.The best part of the film is the scene in the sugar-plant,with the turning wheel and his very scary sounds.
December 11, 2006 Subject:
best version I've seen
I have three other copies of this movie, and the quality of this download is by far the best. The video is also nice and clean. The storyline is actually father nice, with Lugosi playing his usual evil character. This time he creates pseudo-zombies by giving his victims a drug which simulates death and destroys the subjects will. He gets involved with a white Haitian land baron who has fallen in love with a young woman he met on a cruise ship, and who he invited to his house, where she is to married to another man the same day. The lande baron appeals to Lugosi for help, with predictable but entertaing results. Quite a nice hour's watching.
December 11, 2006 Subject:
Excellent cinematography and beautiful sets make this rather tiresome zombie drama worth watching.
Bela Lugosi plays a thoroughly evil zombie master in Haiti. He conspires with a plantation owner who wants to make the bride of an eloping couple his own. Soon, the plantation owner is dissatisfied with his zombie bride and wants Lugosi to free her. Lugosi decides to control them both, but his plot his foiled in the end. Many of the poses and gestures Lugosi assumes here I've seen used in several of his later films.
I downloaded the mpeg1 file. The film is in fine shape, though frames are missing here and there and the audio recording leaves dialog difficult to understand at times.